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Dedicated Servers Experience

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    rahsoftware

    Hello,

    Just thought i'd share my experence with dedicated servers with you at my expense.

    Firstly on my travels it was all about money. The cheaper the better for a business or is it? Well I came across the cheapest Windows Virtual Server on the internet vpsland.com thought wow this sounds good. Signed up $25 dollars later disappointed. Why? Support really ent 24/7 poor english in support emails. Server dies randomly? so much for 100% reliabilty. Scrap that a server needs to be on all the time and work properly. Further downside were...could not install latest windows updates because get what? Key was not valid and they replied to my support email with "it will break your server". Furthermore, VPN could not be setup and you could not mount ISO images.

    GoDaddy Dedicated - WOW! GoDaddy that looks cheap $123 dollars for a dedicated server. Read the sales pitch sounded good, "Complete Control", "Do Anything" wow jolly good need to get this £61 ($123) and 24hrs later again no good. All ports wide open SQL Server completley facing the internet which I dont like as far as im concerned SQL Server should be accessed by VPN only when used remotley down the internet. But the big one...you cant install e-mail services to the server. Why not? Oh thats because port 25 blocked (all others opened just about). To use email you must puchase there email service which uses there own mail server. They charge you for the emails you send out and you can bring them to your server. So not happy there. Emailed asking them to cancel my account and give me a refund but no reply. The last support email i sent i got an email 19 hours later?! So GoDaddy I would not recommend.

    My final quest...Keep it UK!!! I decided rather then take advantage of the pound been so strong against the dollar i'll look further home and get a more expensive UK services now my choices where
    Fasthosts
    Rackspace
    123-Reg
    1&1

    After researching these servers I found 1&1 to be the best deal but was tempted just to use fasthosts. Rackspace support is top class but they quoted $350 a month for less of a server then 1&1 so that was out of budget.

    Just signed up to 1&1 for a 24 month contract so thats been setup now so i'm hoping this is going to be the one for me paying a little more but seems to be worth it.

    So anybody considering a VPS or dedicated server this may help you. Also i noticed lycos doing VPS's for £7 a month running linux which i thought was good value.

    Anyway rant over,

    Rob

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    petermag

    Lycos VDS = avoid like hell...

    The filer (server where all filesystems are mounted from) dies faster than flies.

    They'll lose your files easily, 50% of the time the servers are so hogged that you can't access your own VDS.

    Lycos = SKIP SKIP SKIP SKIP!

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    athan

    I have similar bad experience from VPS and dedicated hosting providers. For many years, I was moving from one provider to other without any success.

    Finally I built my own server, loaded it with my favorite OS (FreeBSD) and put it colocated at a nearby data center. More control, faster performance and better experience at less than half the price of a rented dedicated server. Sometimes I wonder why didn't that earlier...

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    Larsenal

    I only have experience with Rackspace for more than one project.  Their support IS great!  Since we've done a lot on the server, having great support has definitely paid for itself.  They've helped us out a lot--certainly saved us hours of hassle and trouble since we've been with them.

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    typemismatch

    I now have 7 servers with crystaltech.com - never had a single failure or noticed any downtime - sub $100 so good deal. Been there almost 4 years now.

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    W3bbo

    rahsoftware wrote:
    My final quest...Keep it UK!!! I decided rather then take advantage of the pound been so strong against the dollar i'll look further home

     
    Amen brother. No-one likes calling long-distance just to get an emergency reboot sorted out.

    rahsoftware wrote:
    Fasthosts
    Rackspace
    123-Reg
    1&1

    After researching these servers I found 1&1 to be the best deal but was tempted just to use fasthosts. Rackspace support is top class but they quoted $350 a month for less of a server then 1&1 so that was out of budget.

    Just signed up to 1&1 for a 24 month contract so thats been setup now so i'm hoping this is going to be the one for me paying a little more but seems to be worth it.

    So anybody considering a VPS or dedicated server this may help you. Also i noticed lycos doing VPS's for £7 a month running linux which i thought was good value.


    I wouldn't recommend 1&1 anymore, whilst their service quality is acceptable, they are overpriced.

    It's a shame you've already purchased, because UK2.net have some attractive packages. £69/month for a WS2003 box, 10TB bandwidth, but the CPU and RAM are lacking a bit though.

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    rahsoftware

    No refund would be given with GoDaddy because it isn't on the policy. Sad. Not happy at all

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    cornelius

    i have a dozen linux servers (OpenSuse 10.x) by this stage paying $$$$/month in rental fees




    with hetzner.de (excellent hardware, top uptime, english speaking support)


    and zenex5ive.com (alot of cheap bandwidth, im using ~1gbit 24x7 between several servers, very fast support, highly configurable hardware options)




    to run several huge sites, with 0.5% daily alexa reach (thats 1 in every 200 internet users going thru my servers daily)

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